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End Stripe

These horizontal flows are clean, stylish, and interesting; they definitely look custom made and not program generated. If this design complements the look of your company's presentation template, then they are worth considering using to spruce up your horizontal flows. Use them as you would use other horizontal flows.

Customizing the flows with end stripe

Adjust size

Group the flow segments and stripes and either resize or rescale (hold shift key down as you resize). Ungroup and proceed with your other formatting.

As you place you text, make sure it is center and middle aligned in the segment. To set the middle alignment for the segments,

  1. Click on all of the segments to make them all active and then right click on one of them
  2. This will bring up a menu, in which you can select Format Shape
  3. This will bring up another menu, in which you can select Text Box
  4. In the Text Layout area, set Vertical alignment to Middle
  5. In the Autofit area, make sure Do not Autofit is selected
  6. Make sure that Wrap text in shape is checked.

Color variations

There are many choices for you here. You can choose to make the main, text-holding flow segment to be one color and the stripe to be a hue of that color. You can also choose to make the main flow segment and the stripe the same color, but assign a different color to each segment and stripe. Pull colors from your company template's color palette.

PowerPoint 2007 options

A simple drop shadow might be nice, but any of the other formatting options will probably obscure the distance between the segment and the stripe. This will interfere with the overall look of the framework. Be careful that your formatting embellishments actually enhance the look of your framework.

3D variations

Probably not a good idea unless it is a very short depth: 2-3 points.


Drop shadows if you're using PowerPoint 2007 or 2010, but not 2003.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

you can add gradients and pictures as you choose. You can even add a photograph to occupy the segment and the stripe if you group them and then import the photograph to both.


Simple reveals are best: fades, wipes, glides, etc.

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